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Glengarriff, County Cork

county corkGlengarriff (Gleann Garbh in Irish, meaning "Rough glen") is a small seaside village in the south-west of County Cork. It is situated on sheltered enclave of Bantry Bay and is surrounded by high rugged mountains and boasts many natural attractions. In the nearby national forest is the glen that gave Glengarriff its name, containing some of the oldest and most extensive oak and birch groves in Ireland.

Located 20km west of Bantry, and 30km east of Castletownbere, Glengarriff is a popular stop along the touring routes in those areas. Magnificent views of the Caha and Sugarloaf Mountains can be seen from the numerous viewing points along the roads which wind along the steep sided valleys.

While staying in Glengarriff one of the main local attractions is Garnish Island (or Illnacullen) - an outstanding garden island with its internationally famous collection of plants and world-renowned for its Italian Gardens. A short 15 minute boat trip from Glengarriff takes the visitor to the island, passing Seal Island on the way.

The abundant natural beauty and charm of Glengarriff makes an it ideal centre for visitors to the area to explore further afield. The wild scenery of the Beara Peninsula starts here and the peace and beauty of the Lakes of Inchigeela, Gougane Barra and the Borlin Valley are only a short drive away.

Glengarriff has many many amenities including shops, art galleries, pubs, restaurants - during the tourist season live music is frequently available in the evenings at local pubs. Activities such as golf, walking trails, kayaking on the bay and more, can be enjoyed by visitors to the area. For lovers of the outdoors the Glengarriff Nature Reserve offers many miles of well-marked walking trails to explore the oak forests, streams and mountains of the Glen.

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